Topic: Welfare and equalities

Poverty and inequality are financial challenges for local authorities and threaten the cohesion of their communities.

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Universal Credit and ‘Survival Sex’: WPC report and government response

In October 2019, the Work and Pensions Committee (the WPC) published a report on Universal Credit and Survival Sex. The DWP did not provide a response until early March 2021. This briefing summarises and comments on the WPC’s original report and the DWP’s response.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – EPI report

The UK Government for England is due to publish a Green Paper in June 2021 following a review of arrangements to provide support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) introduced by the Children and families Act 2014. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a report assessing how fairly Special Educational Needs…

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Swift Read: Lockdown fines – who is paying the penalty?

More than 85,000 fines have been issued under lockdown rules in England alone, but is the system of fixed penalty notices fair or are some people wrongly fined by the police and local authorities? A swift read based on a report by a parliamentary committee looks at the situation.

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Supporting the LGBTIQA+ community

This briefing looks at how councils are working to acknowledge, support, and engage the diverse groups that make up their workforces and communities.

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The impact of Covid-19 on low income families and insecure workers

It is well known that Covid-19 has affected individuals and groups very differently. Two reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examine what has happened to low income families and insecure workers.

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The IFS Inequality Review: Unequal Britain

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing covers an early report produced as a result of its evidence-gathering, Unequal Britain, is based on a survey of 2,226 adults in Britain which gathered data on attitudes towards, and perceptions of, inequality.

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Our chance to reconnect: the final report of the Talk/together project

Covid-19 has brought people together but also exposed divisions in society. The UK is at a crossroads: it could become more divided between ‘them’ and ‘us’ or instead become kinder, more connected and fair. Talk/together calls for a decade of reconnection and identifies the necessary policy foundations and facilitators.

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